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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)—The Ford Motor Company is teaming up with high schools around the country to teach teenagers the keys to the road and to life.

The Ford Driving Skills for Life made a stop at Stall High school in North Charleston, showing teens the importance and consequences of their actions - both on the road and in everyday situations.

Since the beginning of the year, over 100 people have died on South Carolina Roadways.

"Part of making good decisions in life is making good decisions in the car," Mike Spec a former racer and Ford safety representative said.
 
To drive the point home for students, three different hands-on driving experiences; demonstrating the consequences of drinking and driving and texting behind the wheel and what do when the car veers out of control.

"What they are thinking when they are in the car is the single most important factor in what's going to happen," Spec said.

Students packed into a specially equipped Ford Mustang to simulate how to pull out of a kid – laying down track after track of burning rubber.

Students also learned the impairing effects of alcohol on driving performance. 

The teenage drivers were asked to complete one lap on a small track- no problem for most.

But when outfitted with special goggles simulating the effects of drinking and driving many of the same students who aced the first lap, ran into trouble.

"I will never drunk drive ever," one student said after almost driving off the course.

"On the roadways you don't get a second chance," South Carolina State Trooper Bob Beres said.  The decisions you make don't' just affect you and your passengers but unfortunately everyone around you."

And while the lessons in a parking lot cannot make up for past mistakes organizers with Driving Skills for life hope they can make a difference. 

"We are not going to get through all of them," Spec said. "We're not naive about this, are we going to get through to a lot of them absolutely."

The Driving Skills for Life Program travels to 30 high schools across the country. 

Students at Wando High school Participate in the program on Thursday. 

 

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